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Goodbye Mondeo man, hello microtargeting

I don’t pretend fully to understand micro-targeting, but I do get, and somewhat resent, its democratic implications. First, though, as Mike Yarwood’s Max Bygraves would say: I wanna tell you a story

Good Hope Hospital

Good Hope Hospital campaigners demand closure answers

Campaigners from the Save Local Services at Good Hope met with councillors and concerned residents over alleged plans to close trauma services and move it to Heartlands

Sarah Jane Marsh, CEO of Birmingham Children's Hospital, and (inset) husband NHS boss Sir David Nicholson

The hospital chief who came in from the cold

She was the youngest ever NHS hospital chief executive when appointed. Alison Stacey finds out why Birmingham Children's Hospital boss Sarah-Jane Marsh turned down the chance of becoming a spy to get into the business of saving lives.

The obesity problem

Birmingham takeaway ban 'begins to pay off'

  • NHS

Latest figures show 64 per cent of people in the city are overweight, obese or morbidly obese, above the national average

Dr Bob Morley, executive secretary of Birmingham Local Medical Committee

Birmingham GP claims low morale forcing doctors to quit

  • NHS

Dr Bob Morley spoke after new research from the British Medical Association suggested work pressures had caused more than half of GPs to consider retiring early

Richard Santy

New partner to develop Mills & Reeve's employment offering

Richard Santy, who was the former head of employment at Shoosmiths in Birmingham, joins the firm as a partner.

Ideagen plc wins Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust contracts

  • NHS

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust selected dart/KW, the group's electronic medical record solution to implement electronic medical records at the trust

HealthTrust Europe in call for radiopharmaceutical kits for NHS Trusts

  • NHS

Candidates are required to register their details on sid4gov

More than 17 per cent of pregnant women in Wolverhampton were still smoking during the last three months of last year

Pregnant smokers still risking harm to babies

  • NHS

In some parts of the region almost one in five expectant mothers are continuing to puff away throughout pregnancy

Sandwell Council
Sir Albert Bore

MIPIM 2014: 43 acres in Selly Oak on the market

The site, in the south west of the city, will provide an opportunity for investors to build 650 houses, adjacent to the areas of Selly Oak and Bournville

Business

Training firm sets up New Delhi office

  • NHS

A visit to India to explore business opportunities proved the start of something major for Temple Management Training

Syringe

Concerns over Birmingham's MMR uptake

  • NHS

Fears over the MMR jab have been blamed for the city and Black Country having the third worst level of take up in the country – sparking fears of a “mini epidemic”

Hugo Russell, Innovation Birmingham; Ewan Davis, HandiHealth, and Stephen Chilton, UHB NHS Foundation Trust, attended the Healthcare Apps event hosted by Innovation Birmingham at Aston Science Park.

Medicine and tech worlds unite for Healthcare Apps event

Innovation Birmingham’s Introduction to Healthcare Apps event welcomed specialist speakers from across the UK.

Jeremy Hunt has agreed to proposals to dissolve Stafford Hospital

Stafford Hospital campaigners vow to fight on to keep key services

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt agrees to proposal to dissolve Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

One in seven patients failed to get an appointment with their GP in central and south Birmingham

Overstretched Birmingham GPs turning away patients

  • NHS

Figures show that 14 per cent of patients who tried to get an appointment in the central and south Birmingham last year were unable to see a GP on the day they wanted.

Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull Hospital

Anger after Good Hope Hospital meeting cancelled

Health chiefs recently announced the talks would take place on March 20, giving locals the chance to have their say on any service closures or shake-up

The South Birmingham Walk-in Centre in Selly Oak.

Health bosses deny Birmingham walk-in centre closure is 'just about money'

NHS bosses met with local residents and MP Steve McCabe to discuss the future of the Katie Road walk-in centre in Selly Oak

Ed Miliband

Why does everyone hate councillors?

When our national politicians take an interest in devolving power to local communities, giving it to councillors is the last option they consider.

Dr Andrew Coward, Birmingham South and Central CC; Kyle Stott Birmingham City Council; Susan Keung, Birmingham City Council; Ruth Miller, Castle Vale Community Partnership; Shokat Akbar, Healthy Villages.

Healthy Villages conference in Birmingham

Healthy Villages is a new programme supporting communities to remain well for longer.

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